'You Belong to Me'
'You Belong To Me' - Written By Redd Stewart, Pee Wee King & Chilton Price (1952)
It was in the early 1950s, about 1951 that Redd & Pee Wee teamed up with Chilton Price, who was a songwriting librarian at WAVE radio in Louisville, Kentucky where they were working. One day she came by the studio and handed Pee Wee a brown envelope containing about half a dozen of her songs. She said, 'I wish you'd take these with you and see what you think of them.' Pee Wee said he would be glad to, and put the envelope in his accordion case and took them home. They stayed there for a couple of weeks because he was using another accordion and didn't open up the case with her songs.
When he finally opened it, Redd and Pee Wee took what Chilton had written, did some reshaping of the words and melody, and in 1952 'You Belong To Me' became a national hit and sold more than two million records!
A cover version by Jo Stafford became the most popular version. It was Stafford's greatest hit, topping the charts in both the U.S. and the United Kingdom (the first song by a female singer to top the UK chart.)
Another cover version by Dean Martin, released by Capitol Records was also in play at the time. This version first entered the chart on August 29, 1952, and remained on the chart for 10 weeks, reaching #12. In 1958 the song crossed over into rock for the first time on the Capitol album, 'Gene Vincent Rocks & The Blue Caps Roll.' A later version of the song by The Duprees also made the Billboard Top 10, reaching #7 in 1962. It was recorded by many other pop vocalists, including Patsy Cline and Bing Crosby.
The song has also appeared on many movie soundtracks. A version by Jason Wade was part of the soundtrack in the 2001 animated film, 'Shrek.' Rocker Tori Amos also sang the classic for the Julia Roberts film, 'Mona Lisa Smile' in 2003. Actress Rose McGowan sang it on the soundtrack for The Planet Terror segment of the 2007 movie, 'Grindhouse.' While onscreen, Bette Midler sings a fragment of the song (to Nick Nolte) in the 1986 comedy 'Down and Out in Beverly Hills.'
On February 1, 2007, a short rendition of the song was sung by 64-year-old, Sherman Pore as an audition piece for the television show 'American Idol,' as a tribute to his wife who had died of cancer two days before.